– President Obama used his speech before the U.N. General Assembly yesterday to defend the principle of free speech and highlight the challenges the new democracies of the Arab Spring face. “As president of our country, and commander in chief of our military, I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and I will always defend their right to do so,” he said.
– By large margins, likely voters in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania said that Obama would do a better job than Mitt Romney on foreign policy, a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll found.
– Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered the U.S. military to improve the quality of sexual assault prevention training for their prospective commanders and senior enlisted leaders.
– The Wall Street Journal reports that despite their public denunciations of the U.S. drone campaign in their country, Pakistanis do not privately object when Americans inform them of forthcoming strikes.
– Reuters reports: “The U.S. Defense Department may have more flexibility to cope with what it has painted as a potentially devastating across-the-board spending cut, the department’s chief financial officer said Tuesday.”